Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, May 25th, 2015 - 21 comments
A marked drop in mortgagee sales recently. Good news?
Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, May 24th, 2015 - 58 comments
The media’s handling of Labours Best Start policy announcement in January of last year and its handling of National’s recent budget announcement of a $25 a week increase for beneficiary families provides an interesting contrast.
Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 24th, 2015 - 47 comments
He who pays the piper calls the tune. The killing of Campbell Live is just the latest example.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, May 20th, 2015 - 274 comments
Young Labour has proposed that there is public funding for hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment. Jonathan Coleman described the proposal as “absolutely nuts” but it then emerged that there is already some public funding for this treatment. And the media tried to suggest that some off the cuff comments by Labour MPs is evidence of division.
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, May 19th, 2015 - 12 comments
The government is “consulting” we the people on New Zealand’s climate change target. You can use Generation Zero’s Fix Our Future site to make a submission. Do it!
Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, May 17th, 2015 - 51 comments
The latest attacks on the left involves the right claiming that left activists are too angry and hurting labour’s chances in the UK as well as New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, May 13th, 2015 - 54 comments
Today’s social media lolz. There’s a difference between obvious attempts to astroturf a nickname and ones that have gone viral naturally.
Written By: - Date published: 3:25 pm, May 4th, 2015 - 51 comments
“The shrillness of the “hey look over there!” narrative coming from the right-hand-side shows just how deep the embarrassment within National is at the Northland campaign and result.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, April 29th, 2015 - 46 comments
Today, we see a Herald ‘editor’ demonstrating exactly how useless they are at interpreting polls. They are saying that a poll where almost all of the sample was taken before the Ponygate story broke, indicates that it doesn’t matter much. To rub home just how stupid and out of touch the Herald editors were last week, it then whines about nasty social media. What can one say of these cloistered monks of ‘journalism’… Plenty.
Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, April 26th, 2015 - 44 comments
“I’m a friendly guy that likes to interact with the public. I do like to have a bit of a laugh and I’m probably the most casual Prime Minister New Zealand has had.”
John Key’s week has turned from drama to farce. David Brent looks good next to this clown.
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, April 17th, 2015 - 17 comments
With Crosby Textor by his side, John Key has since learned to employ all manner of specialist PR techniques including ad homs, blame-shifting, distraction, use of Dirty Politics proxies to defuse the situation, and false equivalence, all woven together in an intricately performed semantic shuffle designed to provide wiggle room for when he does get caught.
Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, April 16th, 2015 - 30 comments
Andrew Geddis at Pundit on National’s spin on Bridges. Includes a pretty sticky moment for Nat spinster David Farrar. You will need to disinfect your brain.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, April 13th, 2015 - 46 comments
Miranda Devine is the person who recently wrote a really obsequious article on John Key in the Daily Telegraph where she described him as one of the best Conservative Prime Ministers in the world. But a reading of her other published material suggests that caution should be applied before applying too much weight to her opinions.
Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, April 12th, 2015 - 41 comments
Rodney Hide suggested in the Herald this morning that if James Shaw was leader of the Greens there would be a greater chance they could go into coalition with National. James Shaw does not think so.
Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, April 10th, 2015 - 67 comments
A blogger charged with breaching suppression orders protecting the names of others has obtained interim name suppression. This is not a joke …
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 133 comments
More embarrassment for the Government as it is revealed that the GCSB spied on internet communications involving diplomats competing with Tim Groser in his bid to be elected as the Director General of the World Trade Organisation.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 173 comments
The Liberal National Party Coalition in Australia want to overturn a requirement for corporations with a turnover of $100 million to disclose tax information on the grounds that kidnapping will occur even though the rich’s ostentatiousness is plain to see without the information being published. And in America it has been estimated that Wall Street’s bonus pool is twice the amount paid to full time American employees living on the minimum wage.
Written By: - Date published: 4:54 pm, March 9th, 2015 - 42 comments
A short case study of the kind of mainstream media reporting that drives me nuts!
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, March 8th, 2015 - 153 comments
In which John Key denies the bleeding obvious, and John Armstrong risks whiplash with the speed of his U-turn.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 27th, 2015 - 106 comments
John Key has yet again asked the Remuneration Authority to limit the increase in MPs pay. And yet again they have said that the law required them to make the decision they did. So MPs get a hefty raise at the same time that the minimum wage is raised slightly. And the media report Key’s comments sympathetically. He is the Prime Minister. If anyone can change the law he is the person best placed.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 87 comments
Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.
Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, February 10th, 2015 - 74 comments
Eighteen months ago Stephen Joyce said about the Sky City Convention Centre deal that anything not written down was not happening. It appears that he was wrong as John Key softens us up for more public money being spent on a private convention centre.
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, February 9th, 2015 - 53 comments
Leaving Mike Sabin in charge of the Law and Order Select Committee was certainly a captain’s call by John Key. Just like Tony Abbott’s award of a knighthood to the Duke (as if he needed more fruit salad), this was a judgment call. And it does call Key’s judgment into question. It’s not about when he knew what he knew, it’s about what he did when he knew.
Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, January 29th, 2015 - 19 comments
The Herald’s coverage of yesterday’s speeches gives us the opposite extremes of journalism. But the headline slot goes to the superficialities of the game, and spinning for their man Key at all costs.